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Friday, February 8 2019, from 1:30 to 4pm

With Andrea Ubal

Developed in a research-creation laboratory as part of a PhD in Art Studies and Practices at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), this performance explores the testimony of Gladys Ahumada, a Chilean Spanish professor and poet living in Montreal, who shares her experience with the process of diagnosis, treatment and remission of a lymphatic cancer. Working with her personal belongings, such as pictures, medical exams, letters and her own writings, her testimony was put together to create this short play.

Following the performance, we will discuss the context of creation, the goals, and the methodology of this work, which can be considered as biographical or documentary theatre.

We are pleased to share this winter's programme of events at COHDS!

This semester we are offering a wide variety of oral history events, in collaboration with the new Acts of Listening Lab (ALLab), Page Rwanda and the Protests and Pedagogy series.

Register now to our various workshops and events!

Thursday, January 31 2019 from 10am to 12pm

With Stéphane Martelly and Steven High

Protests and Pedagogy, in partnership with COHDS, presents a conference and event series commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Sir George Williams University Computer Center Occupation in Montréal.

Oral History as Creative Pathway into the Black Experience is a two-hour bilingual workshop that will provide introductory training in oral history as a research and creative practice, grounded in examples drawn from projects focused on the Black experience.

*This workshop will take place in the 4TH SPACE, 1400 De Maisonneuve West (corner of Mackay).

Thursday, January 24 2019, from 12pm to 1:30pm

With Dr. Cynthia Hammond

Women academics are on the rise, statistically, in Canadian universities. But women academics still make up less than 50% of the full-time professorial in this country. Women are less likely to get tenure than their male counterparts in the United States, and far less likely to occupy senior leadership positions in European universities. Women of colour are extremely poorly represented within academia as a whole. What can we do about this? Dr Cynthia Hammond (Professor, Department of Art History and Lead Co-Director, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling) will lead a workshop on professional skills for graduate students (MA and PhD) and emerging scholars (recent graduates and postdoctoral fellows). While a workshop cannot change structural bias, it can potentially equip attendees with some tools and knowledge that may help them as they enter the job market. Key themes will include self-presentation, applying for jobs, interviewing, the "job talk", and after. If there is interest we can also discuss what to expect in the first year of a tenure-track or contractual appointment. We will devote time to questions that attendees wish to have answered, as well, such as what to do in the event that you feel there has been overt (or systemic and subtle) discrimination. This workshop will be geared towards women, but all are welcome to attend.


We are pleased to announce this winter's programme of events at COHDS!

Register online to our various workshops and events!

Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS), Concordia University Second Co-Director – Call for Nominations and Self-Nominations

13 December 2018

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling invites proposals for its sixth Emerging Scholars Symposium on Oral History, Digital Storytelling, and Creative Practice, which will take place on Friday, March 22, 2019.

With the chosen title of Critical Creations for this year's Symposium, we want to position emerging scholarship in oral history under the umbrella of research-creation. Critical Creations in Oral History is an inter/transdisciplinary gathering that invites proposals from emerging scholars in oral history, digital storytelling, and creative practice. Researchers in related fields, such as museology, education, documentary film, memory studies, new media arts, sociology, and anthropology are invited to submit proposals.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 18, 2019.

Click here for all the details.

Photo credit: Painting by Cedar Eve

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling offers an annual Award of Distinction in Oral History. This $500 student award recognizes research excellence in the interdisciplinary field of oral history.

Graduate students enrolled at Concordia University, and affiliated with COHDS, who completed their work after 1 April 2018 are eligible to be nominated (by their professor or self-nominated). Citizens, landed immigrants or international  students are eligible. An adjudication committee at COHDS selects the best research paper, research creation project, or thesis. The results will be announced at the annual Emerging Scholars Symposium, to be held next year on March 22 2019.

Applications should include:

The research paper or thesis, or any material describing the research creation project (website URL, text, images, etc.), a cover letter including information on the study program, and a short summary of the project being submitted for consideration (250 words or so).

Applications may be submitted by email up until 1 February 2019 to: ohconcordia@gmail.com.

If you are a student, please consider nominating yourself, and if you are a professor, please consider nominating a student. Once again, this prize can go either to a thesis or to a research paper, or to a research creation project. Nominees must already be affiliated with COHDS at the time of application.

Friday, November 23 2018, from 10am to 12pm

With Jumayel Islam and Robert Mercer

Oral history is a conversational narrative, structured by the back-and-forth between interviewer questions and interviewee responses. Yet we tend to analyse our transcripts as though the interviewer was not in the room. The workshop will introduce the COHDS community to path-breaking research into a new methodology that will help us analyse this interview dynamic – isolating moments of reticence, hedging, deflection, silence, boosting, and so forth. It will change your practice. This initiative is part of the “Living Archives of the Rwandan Diaspora,” a SSHRC-funded partnership development project between COHDS, Page Rwanda, and the Geomedia Lab.


The Annual General Assembly is coming very soon! The AGA will take place on Tuesday, November 6th, from 11am to 3pm at LB-1019.

The AGA will hold important votes on our agenda which requires your valuable input, as well as exciting news related to COHDS's community!

We are honoured to have Dr Heather Igloliorte as our Keynote Speaker, whose presentation will be "Oral History in Community and by Community: Speaking with Inuit Artists about their Work”. Dr. Heather Igloliorte is an Inuk scholar and independent curator who holds the University Research Chair in Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement at Concordia University, which is seated on unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation,who are recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters of Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal.

Additionally, this year there will be lots of lively new activities including a Launch Lunch for Quebec Heritage News (Fall 2018 edition), an ALL-Lab Warming Visit with Luis Sotelo Castro. We’re bringing back the Communi-Tea with Leila Qashu where you can grab a tasty treat in the company of your oral history peers and share what you’re working on!



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